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WP: New Accusations Leveled Against Gonzales

From those champions of justice at the Washington Post:

Goodling Says She ‘Crossed the Line’

Ex-Justice Aide Criticizes Gonzales While Admitting to Basing Hires on Politics

By Dan Eggen and Paul Kane
Thursday, May 24, 2007; A01

A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and his deputy yesterday, describing an “uncomfortable” attempt by Gonzales to discuss the firings of U.S. attorneys as Congress and the Justice Department were intensifying their investigations of the issue.

Monica M. Goodling, who resigned last month as Gonzales’s senior counselor and White House liaison, also told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that she “crossed the line” by using political criteria in hiring a wide array of career professionals at Justice, including looking up political donations by some applicants.

In a day-long hearing that afforded her immunity from prosecution, Goodling minimized her role in the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year and joined a long line of Justice officials who say they were not responsible for adding names to the lists of those to be dismissed…

Under intensive questioning from Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), Goodling also described a mid-March meeting with Gonzales that began as a discussion of her future at Justice but ended with talk about the U.S. attorneys’ firings.

“Let me tell you what I can remember,” he said, according to her account.

“He laid out for me his general recollection . . . of some of the process” of the firings and then asked “if I had any reaction to his iteration,” Goodling said.

She said the conversation made her “a little uncomfortable” because she knew that she, Gonzales and others would be asked to testify before Congress.

“Do you think, Ms. Goodling, the attorney general was trying to shape your recollection?” Davis asked.

Goodling paused, then said: “No . . . I just did not know if it was a conversation that we should be having, and so I just — just didn’t say anything.”

She added that she thought Gonzales was only “being kind.” …

Exactly what did Ms. Goodling say that was “critical” of Mr. Gonzales? And what “serious new accusations” did she level against him? Or did the Washington Post simply make up that part?

In reality Ms. Goodling admitted to some questionable activity on her part, and made some charges against the departed Mr. McNulty. But she only testified that Mr. Gonzales was “being kind” to her. I guess that is a crime now.

But the Democrats and their lickspittle media, who simply want Gonzales’ scalp, ignore all of that as long as they can pretend that she is attacking him.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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